National Hardware Show cancels 2020 event

A new, virtual program will replace the event later this year

Following several months consideration the National Hardware Show (NHS) has decided to cancel its rescheduled September event this year out of concern about the impact of COVID-19.

In lieu of its traditional in-person event, the NHS plans to host a virtual trade show later this year dedicated to “providing education and support that recognizes and addresses the direct and essential needs of the hardware industry” using its year-round digital platform, NHS Connects, according to a release. The NHS event was originally scheduled to run May 5-7, but had been postponed in March to Sept. 1-3 to allow time for the impact of COVID-19 to be better understood.

“The hardware industry has been greatly impacted by the global pandemic and hundreds of our international exhibitors have been forced to cancel their plans to participate in NHS due to market conditions and continued travel restrictions”, said Randy Field, Group Vice President, Reed Exhibitions. “Following the May postponement, we prioritized making NHS Connects the place for the hardware and home improvement community to come together to source information.  It will soon be where connections, direct appointment setting and virtual product showcases will debut.”

Looking forward, Rich Russo, industry vice president of the NHS, said that they are rethinking the future of their in-person events.

“We are passionate about providing new options such as NHS Connects and look forward to continuing business virtually and creating innovative experiences for when we can hold an in-person event in 2021,” said Russo. “We are re-imagining the entire physical trade show, so look forward to new initiatives, new pavilions and neighborhoods, and a complete transformation of NHS for 2021.”

Adelaide “Addie” Elliott is an associate editor focusing on retail coverage for Furniture Today and Casual Living. Previously, she also served as the web editor for both those brands and Designers Today. Before being promoted in May 2019 to web editor, Adelaide worked as Furniture Today’s editorial intern for a year. Get in touch with her on Twitter at @AElliott_Writes or by email at aelliott@designerstoday.com.